Ondo state police command has dragged before the Juvenile court in Akure, 17 year old, Olamilekan, a student of St Joseph College, Ondo, accused of allegedly sodomizing the 8-year old son of a journalist based in the state.
Spokesman of the Police command in Ondo state, Femi Joseph confirmed the teenager’s arraignment while giving an update on the case.
Joseph however did not give details of charge preferred against the teenager saying it was a case involving a minor which is not always given public hearing.
He said the arraignment was in fulfilment of the police’s promise to ensure justice in the case.
“The case has been registered with the presiding magistrate who will get all facts before knowing the charges to be preferred against Olamilekan. I am sure hearing will commence at the next adjourned date. It is no longer in our hands.” Joseph said
In her reaction to the arraignment, Betty Abah, the CEO of CEE Hope, a Non-Govermental Organisation, NGO which took up the case following a report by the father, Lanre Duyile, said the move was a relief towards getting justice for the young boy.
“The prompt arrest and arraignment of the suspect by the police following our outcry and that of other members of the public is extremely commendable.
“The police has lived up to its billing that it can be responsive and stand for the protection of the most vulnerable which this little sodomised boy represents.” Betty said.
She also advised the parent to resist any pressure to withdraw the case.
“I am aware that tremendous pressure is currently being mounted on the father of the boy by some powerful individuals to withdraw the case. He should be left alone with his family. At a point he had to vacate his house to live in a church for fear of his family’s safety. Enough is enough. People, no matter how powerful, should be told that there are limits to their impunity especially in a country and a state governed by law and order.” She added.
Betty called on the state government, thorough the Ministry of Women Affairs, the House of Assembly and all relevant stakeholders to step in to ensure justice is secured for the little boy, promising to begin a comprehensive psychosocial support to ensure his stability, safety and a sense of justice.